"The Tax Lady"
Founder & President
E.G. Edwards & Associates, Inc.
Eva Duzant, Founder & President E.G. Edwards & Associates, Inc., is first ordained female minister in 90-year history of Southern Baptist Church
Eva Duzant says God had a reason for sustaining her faith through difficult times to become the first woman ordained in the history of Southern Baptist Church.
Duzant, a former math teacher at Brian Piccolo Middle School in Far Rockaway, Queens, is president of the Cambria Heights Development Corp., a group of local businesses located along Linden Boulevard. But she is best know as "The Tax Lady" working as a certified public accountant and owner of E.G. Edwards & Associates, a tax and accounting firm in Cambria Heights.
The Alabama native has an associates degree in business administration from Queensborough Community College and a Bachelors of Science in accounting and taxation and a masters degree in education from St. John’s University.
“At one point I wanted to leave that church because I was told I would never be ordained there,” Duzant said in a recent interview. “Even though there were a lot of things I could do in the church, there was a lot I could not do."
But Duzant remained prayerful and credits a host of spiritual mentors, including the Rev. J. G. McCann of St. Luke Baptist Church (also in Harlem) and the Rev. Keith Roberson, pastor of Southern Baptist church, with keeping her focused on the special mission God had planned for her.
"God had me there for a reason,” Duzant said.
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90-year-old Harlem church ordains its first female minister